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The BTSA is proud to be working with Outstanding Leaders Partnership to deliver the National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) to colleagues across Essex.

The frameworks for the NPQs have been updated and refreshed for Autumn 2021 and draw from the very latest evidence and research into pedagogy, behaviour, curriculum and more. From September 2021, the reformed NPQs will offer teachers and leaders clearer development opportunities and career progression. These qualifications will build on key areas of the Early Career Framework (ECF), allowing for further specialisation and development of expertise and help prepare teachers and leaders for the next step in their careers. To best address the broad range of responsibilities of current and aspiring middle leaders, three new specialist NPQs have been introduced which support alternate career development.

The reformed qualifications aim to:

  • help teachers hone and develop the skills they already have, helping them to become more effective leaders inside and outside the classroom and improving overall teaching quality
  • retain high-calibre teachers by offering clearer development opportunities and career progression

The 6 NPQs currently available are:

  • NPQ for Leading Teaching (NPQLT)
  • NPQ for Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC)
  • NPQ for Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD)
  • NPQ for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)
  • NPQ for Headship (NPQH)
  • NPQ for Executive Leadership (NPQEL)

Full details for each of the NPQs, including the registration form and information on funding, can be found at and detailed on the brochure (attached below). The team at Outstanding Leaders Partnership can be contacted through the livechat function of their website or you can send enquiries to

Applying for an NPQ programme

The application window is now open on Outstanding Leaders Partnership website 
The deadline for applications for the spring cohort intake has now been extended to midnight on SUNDAY 16th JANUARY 2022. 

In order to access NPQ training provided locally with the BTSA, please ensure you select our name from the dropdown list of delivery partners within the application form. When registering please ensure you enter code BENFL when prompted. 

If you have any questions please email and their team will be happy to support you.

For full details of the suite of NPQs available, please view: Outstanding Leaders Partnership NPQs brochure

NPQLT - NPQ for Leading Teaching

NPQLTD - NPQ for Leading Teacher Development

NPQLBC - NPQ for Leading Behaviour and Culture

NPQSL - NPQ for Senior Leadership

NPQH - NPQ for Headship

NPQEL - NPQ for Executive Leadership